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double-murder fallout
Property prices take a hit in the area 

Ludhiana, February 13
The brutal killing of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monica Kapila has spelt a doom for property prices in Golf Link and surrounding areas.

Manufacturers of cycle parts in a spot
Ludhiana, February 13
Cycle parts manufacturers from the city are facing double whammy. Earlier, China-made cycle parts were giving them a tough time and to combat the same, the manufacturers had themselves started importing cycle parts and selling these to the buyers. But sadly, now buyers are directly going to China for buying and have put local industry out of work.


MC puts its staff in driving seat, literally 
Ludhiana, February 13
A view of MC vehicles belonging to the fire department in Ludhiana. From sewermen to safai sewaks to chowkidars to beldars, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has deputed them for driving its vehicles. Out of a total of 263 vehicles in the civic body, 152 are driven by those employees who have not been appointed “drivers”.

A view of MC vehicles belonging to the fire department in Ludhiana. photo: inderjeet verma

Pulse polio drive from Feb 19
Ludhiana, February 13
A pulse polio drive will be started in Ludhiana district from February 19 to 23. It is estimated that nearly 5.80 lakh children will be administered polio drops during this drive. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari today held a meeting with the district task force in this regard.

MC shuts eyes to open manhole
Jagraon, February 13
An uncovered manhole at the Old Grain Market Chowk in Jagraon. An open manhole in one of the busiest areas of Jagraon has been posing a serious threat to commuters’ lives. Situated exactly in the middle of Old Grain Market Chowk, this manhole has been laying open for the past three days. The cemented manhole cover had got damaged.

An uncovered manhole at the Old Grain Market Chowk in Jagraon. Photo by writer


Municipal Council fails to rid Jagraon of stray animals
Jagraon, February 13
Stray animals on a road in Jagraon. photo By Writer Stray animals have been posing a serious threat to the lives of commuters. The animals can be seen wandering on the Ludhiana- Ferozepur highway, Jagraon-Sidhwan Bet Road and Jagraon-Raikot Road.
The administration has failed to check the menace in the town.

Stray animals on a road in Jagraon. photo By Writer

Despite advancement in technology, there has been no upgrade in the conveyance of postmen Police remand for ex-serviceman
Jagraon, February 13
An ex-serviceman, who has been accused of killing his mother-in-law, was today produced before a local court, which sent him to one-day police remand.

Despite advancement in technology, there has been no upgrade in the conveyance of postmen. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Postmen still prefer the old way
Ludhiana, February 13
Automobiles, mobile phones and Internet have changed everything across the sectors and transformed life. But with everything evolving around, the picture of a postman seems frozen in time. The good old postman still goes around distributing letters and parcels to households on the bicycle in the same old fashion.

Additional powers of excise inspectors extended 
Ludhiana, February 13
The excise and taxation department had given more powers to its excise inspectors last year till December 31 and the same have been extended now, as no written notification has been issued so far.

Despite ban, sale goes unabated
Khanna, February 13
Despite a ban on Chinese kite strings, sale of these strings continues unabated in Khanna. It is posing a threat to those who are flying kites using these strings.

Auto-rickshaw drivers submit memo to DC
Ludhiana, February 13
Drivers of auto-rickshaws run by LPG submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rahul Tewari here today.

Excise officials take out march
Ludhiana, February 13
The All-India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers (Superintendents) today took out a candle march against their long-pending demands.

Science meet on wheat breeding
Ludhiana, February 13
A two-day science meet of “Indo- Australian programme on marker assisted wheat breeding (IAP-MAWB),” was recently organised by the wheat section of the department of plant breeding and genetics (PBG), PAU, in collaboration with the directorate of wheat research (DWR), Karnal. The meet saw participation of Australian scientists and a review team of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), who visited PAU in connection with ACIAR research projects on wheat being carried across the country.

City turns ‘red with love’
Ludhiana, February 13
The city seems to have turned "red with love" as the gift galleries had turned "hearty" with stuffed hearts. The gift shops in the city witnessed a huge rush today with youngsters choosing to express their love and friendship with gifts.

Valentine’s Day not their cup of tea
Ludhiana, February 13
There are people who may be for or against Valentine’s Day. But there is a section of people which is neither for nor against Valentine’s Day, but still don’t fell nice about it.

Delhi-Ludhiana flight service normal
Ludhiana, February 13
The Ludhiana (Sahnewal) Airport has been getting regular Delhi and-Ludhiana flights since February 8. Despite foggy weather in the city today, the flight landed at the Ludhiana Airport after a gap of 10 days. But thankfully, the flights landed at the airport on February 10 (Friday) and today.



‘Parents can play supportive role for children’
Ludhiana, February 13
As examinations are round the corner, so is the stress related to it. Schoolchildren are busy with their revisions. Due to the stress, they feel confused at times, while sometimes they feel comfortable with the studies and their preparations.

Mixed reaction to new directorate 
Ludhiana, February 13
On the issue of formation of a new directorate in the Education Department for border areas, there is divided opinion among teachers in the district. While some of them are in favour of the new initiative, many are unhappy with the development. In the district, Kandi and Bet areas would come under the directorate. The notification was issued on November 17 but came to be widely known some days ago. According to this notification, “the Punjab State Educational Boarder Area School Cadre has been constituted for teachers, headmasters, lecturers and principals working in government schools of these areas.

‘Expedite loan cases’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 13
Deputy general manager of the State Bank of India, GP Ray has directed managers to expedite the process for appraisal of loan cases received at the bank’s stall at Grewal Sports Stadium, Kilaraipur, as also disbursement of the sanctioned amounts after completing the formalities as soon as possible.

Prize distribution function
Ludhiana, February 13
Convocation and prize distribution function of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, PAU, was held recently. Dr BC Gupta, secretary, department of good and public distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, was the chief guest, while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, presided over. 

BSP candidate’s brother dies of asphyxiation
Khanna, February 13
Gas geyser proved to be fatal for Manmeet Singh(29), the younger brother of Navjot Singh Jarg who contested from the Khanna Assembly seat on the BSP ticket. Manmeet Singh died when gas leaked from the gas geyser while he was taking a bath at his home last night.

40 donate blood
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 13
Around 40 students of Government College, Karamsar, Rara Sahib, donated blood at a camp organised jointly by the Lions Club, Ludhiana, Smile and Red Cross, Ludhiana, on the college campus held yesterday.


Maid, lover held for woman’s murder
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 13
The Dehlon police has claimed to have solved the blind murder of a septuagenarian woman, Kartar Kaur, of Dharaur village who was found murdered at her residence three days ago.

Welfare Officer alleges forgery
Ludhiana, February 13
The District Sainik Welfare Officer (DSWO), Lt-Col Manmohan Singh (retd), has written to the SHO, Kotwali, to register a case against a city resident, who, by forging his signature, got issued a chequebook from a bank and later tried to withdraw Rs 4,30,000 by presenting a cheque to the bank.

Thieves strike at mobile shop
Ludhiana, February 13
Thieves struck at a mobile shop located at the Hambran road and decamped with cash and mobile phones worth Rs 1 lakh.


Man gets life term for burning girl to death
Ludhiana, February 13
Additional Sessions Judge Karamjit Singh Kang has convicted Sukhvir Kumar, alias Sonu, of Anand Nagar near Civil City, Ludhiana, in a rape and murder case.

HC rejects dairy farmers' petition
Ludhiana, February 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has rejected the writ petition filed by the Haibowal Dairy Association here in which the latter had sought ban on the use of wheat straw as fuel or its use for any other purpose except as fodder for cattle.




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